Securing investment for Gloucestershire

Our ambition is to work with partners to attract the investment we need to deliver major infrastructure projects to support sustainable economic growth.

The importance of investment

Delivering large scale investment in our infrastructure is essential to ensure long-term sustainable growth in Gloucestershire. It provides employment and skills development, opens up housing and employment land, and drives improvement in both the economy and quality of life. We will continue to seek funding where opportunities arise to invest in our infrastructure network through the effective strong partnership we have built with government, regional partners and transport operators. 

Having successfully secured funding from Homes England for the upgrade of M5 Junction 10 the county council is now managing the delivery of the scheme. This will improve access to and from the motorway northbound and southbound to a new link road into Cheltenham. It will support growth plans and help to solve long standing traffic and travel issues; helping to keep our county moving. The project complements the funding secured by the LEP to deliver the West of Cheltenham Transport Infrastructure Scheme at M5 Junction 11 and the A40. In addition to the highway improvements, the scheme includes the development of a new Transport Hub at Arle Court Park and Ride facility providing electric vehicle charging points and improved cycle facilities which will link into the planned Gloucestershire Sustainable Travel Corridor. 

After many years of work by the county council setting out the case for investment in the A417 to remove the problems for road users and those who live or work in the area caused by the Missing Link, funding for this complex scheme has been identified by National Highways.

Gloucestershire has successfully attracted funding from the Government’s first round of Levelling Up scheme to widen a pinch-point on the Gloucester Southwest Bypass at Llanthony Road and helping to deliver the Gloucestershire Sustainable Travel Corridor.  This corridor will form part of the planned 26-mile cycle ‘spine’ through the county from Stroud to Bishops Cleeve, allowing the county council to create a substantial local cycling and walking network, helping people to get about sustainably in residential areas.

Improvements in the infrastructure that our public transport relies on will result in improvements both in terms of increased services and the quality of bus or train facilities to meet customer expectations. Providing a mass transit option is necessary if we are to deliver a viable alternative to the car for trips that cannot be made by walking or cycling.

In addition to making movement within and through our county as easy as possible we will need support the delivery of new homes and employment opportunities to attract further investment. 

Work continues by our district partners in setting out the case for investment for the Ashchurch Garden Town.  We are supporting this process by seeking funding to remove the barrier caused by the existing A46 by looking to reroute it and ensure the necessary improvements are made at M5 Junction 9.

Maintaining and attracting new employment opportunities is key to Gloucestershire’s and we will continue to work with partners to promote the county.  Examples of this include the delivery of Cyber Central as part of the Golden Valley Development in the West of Cheltenham and ambitious plans to host UK’s first Nuclear Fusion Power Plant.  The STEP Fusion project is a joint bid with South Gloucestershire Council, which builds on our nuclear heritage and the regions expertise in advanced engineering, construction, aerospace, digital and cyber. It also allows us to maximise on future opportunities, such as the development of small modular reactor technology by the Rolls Royce consortium.

Page updated: 16/12/2021 Page updated by: GCC

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